Vincennes University Jasper Campus

AIM (Advocacy, Independence, Mastery)

Jasper, IN

Phone: 812-631-9985
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Contact person: Mande Keusch
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General Info

Type of school:
2-year college or university

Program Description:
The purpose of the AIM program is to provide students (ages 18 to 21) with intellectual and cognitive disabilities a postsecondary college experience to develop self-advocacy skills, engage in career exploration, and develop social skills that lead to employment in a career field

Students can attend this program if they:

  • Are still enrolled in high school

Number of students in this program:

Top 3 Priority Areas:

  • 1: Employment
  • 2: Self-determination
  • 3: Social skills development

Additional priority areas:
The main focus is determined by the individual’s Person Centered Plan, and may be any or all of the above.

The minimum age of a student to attend this program:
18  It is expected that the student is ready to exit high school upon completion of the program and to transition into employment. 

Tuition and fees per year:
None at this time

Room and board per year:

Cost of books per year:
No charges currently

This program is a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP) and students with  intellectual disabilities can get federal financial aid:

Students can pay to attend this program using (subject to student eligibility): NA

Entrance Requirements:

Students must be enrolled in high school in Dubois, Perry, Spencer or Pike county School systems and eligible for services under IDEA.

  • Be able to safely navigate the campus independently
  • Have a specific disability label or type
  • Have basic safety skills in an unsupervised setting
  • Have practical reading and writing skills
  • Be independent in toileting/self-care

Students with intellectual disabilities take: Specially designed courses and work experiences.

Students in this program also take these specially designed courses:

  • Although not formal courses, students receive instruction on:
  • Orientation to college
  • Vocational skills training
  • Social skills training
  • Life skills instruction
  • Functional academics (math and reading)

Amount of instructional time spent only with other students with intellectual disabilities:

Average amount of time it will take a student to complete the program:
1 to 2 years, depending on the Student’s interest

This program operates during the summer:

Students are eligible to earn a degree or certificate:
Yes - High school Certificate of Completion, from LEA

This degree or certificate is available to:
Only to those students in this program

Housing Options:

  • There are no housing options for any students on this campus

Social Activity Participation:

  • Students attend campus social activities with program staff
  • Students with ID independently seek out and participate in desired social activities


College Info:

The 130-acre campus of Vincennes University Jasper is located on a quiet rustic setting south of Jasper on Indiana Highway 162.

Vincennes University Jasper was introduced cooperatively by Vincennes University and COHERE, Inc (Committee on Higher Education and Related Events) in February 1970. COHERE, Inc. was a Dubois County citizens action group dedicated to the improvement of education and cultural enrichment for the area. It was founded in 1960 and dissolved in 1978, having fulfilled its original mission.

In September 1970 Vincennes University Jasper opened its doors to students in temporary, rented facilities in downtown Jasper. Since then, the Jasper campus has served thousands of students in Dubois, Spencer, Martin, Perry, Crawford, Harrison, Pike, Orange, and Lawrence counties in Indiana.   New buildings emerged and additional degrees have been added since this early event.